A Unitarian Universalist Multigenerational Ministry Resource

 

This past weekend, I had the absolute pleasure to interact with nearly 50 junior and senior youth at the NNED Youth Assembly at Ferry Beach in Maine.  This weekend long assembly included workshops grounded in our faith.  Youth had the opportunity to delve deeper into topics such as Worship Planning, Creating Inclusive Community, The Power of Young People to Make a Difference in Environmental Issues, and more.  A group of youth also took part in one of the UUA’s newest initiatives: Gathered Here.  Then energy these youth brought to sharing their stories and their feelings about their faith was nothing short of inspirational.   It was a fantastic weekend, and I look forward to building on our success.

Our junior youth who took part in the Worship Planing workshop were also tasked with designing our Sunday morning worship service.  The topic they chose to focus on was “Fear”.  It was a beautiful service, both interactive and reflective, peppered with song and imagery,while still including space for silence.  I was particularly struck by the closing words, which were written by one of our 14-year-old youth the night before.  He gave me permission to share his reflection with you here.

 

Follow your faith, not your fear.

Fear will drive you away from your goal.

Follow your faith, not your fear.

Fear will kill your dreams.

Follow your faith, not your fear.

Fear will take over your life.

Follow your faith, not your fear.

Fear holds you from success.

Follow your faith, not your fear.

Fear keeps you up at night.

Follow your faith, not your fear.

Fear is the quickest path to failure.

Follow your faith, not your fear.

Fear is but a burden holding you down.

If you let go, your faith will guide you high. 

If you let go, you will be free from the paranoia that constrains you.

So, I stand here and beg you, for your own sake,

let go of your fear.

Follow your faith, not your fear.

 

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Comments on: "Youth Offers Words of Wisdom" (3)

  1. What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing this post. Laurel

  2. Thank you to those clear and true words from an inspired and inspiring youth! I’m eager to hear more about the weekend.

  3. Jane Dopheide said:

    Much gratitude to all who are helping our youth blossom so that we can all learn with and from them! Jane

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